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Certrec Corporation Supports NuScale Power in Submitting First Ever Small Modular Reactor Design Certification Application to the NRC

NuScale - First Ever SMR DCA Submitted to NRC for Review

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) January 30, 2017 — Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance solution provider, is pleased to announce their support in the electronic processing and preparation of the first ever Small Modular Reactor Design Certification Application (DCA) on December 31, 2016, for NuScale Power’s submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). 

NuScale Power, LLC, is developing a new kind of nuclear plant; a safer, smaller, scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology – a technology initially developed and tested at Oregon State University. NuScale is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has offices in Corvallis, OR; Rockville, MD; Charlotte, NC; Richland, WA; and London, UK. 

In partnership with NuScale, Certrec deployed its TAKTIX web-based workflow platform to manage and control the electronic development of the 12,000 page application. Certrec’s personnel processed the final electronic files, meeting exacting government archival standards, and produced the actual submittal files and disks provided to the NRC by NuScale Power. 

In a major step toward the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, NuScale Power asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on December 31st, 2016, to approve the company’s small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design. This is the first-ever SMR DCA to be submitted to the NRC and marks a significant milestone for NuScale and the power generation industry. 

Certrec provided the web-based project collaboration tools, technical editing support, and document processing services that supported successful submission of the DCA. NuScale’s application consisted of nearly 12,000 pages of technical information, all of which were processed through Certrec and were used to create the final submission DVDs. 

“Our team provided thousands of hours of work, including nights and weekends, to manage and support the timely submittal of the NuScale application. I am personally proud of our team, their capabilities and accomplishments, and our ability to support this project,” states Michelle Thomas, Certrec Operations Director. 

Tom Bergman, NuScale Power Vice President of Regulatory Affairs stated, “We are very appreciative of Certrec’s tireless efforts, working holidays, weekends and late hours to meet our needs to finish the design certification application by the end of December. We couldn’t have done it without them.” 

Preparation of 12,000 pages of highly technical information by teams of people scattered across the country presents a number of time sensitive and logistical challenges. Certrec’s TAKTIX web-based platform allowed NuScale project personnel continuous and real-time access to all project materials, regardless of their physical location, significantly streamlining the development process. 

“Processing a DCA electronically is tough under any circumstances. When you combine the NRC requirements, our geographical differences, and the amount of work to be done, at times it almost seems impossible,” says Ted Enos, Certrec President. “Using our TAKTIX platform, PDF commenting tools, and electronic submittal preparation, packaging, and pre-flight, the NuScale submission was successfully submitted to the NRC. I am quite proud of our staff for their dedication, hard work, and for this significant achievement.” 

Certrec’s large document processing services are in demand. The company is currently involved in several DCA/DCD/COLA projects, as well as supporting the ongoing maintenance of some plant UFSARs.

About Certrec:
Certrec is a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions for the energy industry with the mission of helping ensure a stable, reliable, bulk electric supply. Since 1988, Certrec’s SaaS applications and consulting know-how have helped hundreds of power-generating facilities manage their regulatory compliance and reduce their risks.

Certrec’s engineers and business teams bring a cumulative 1,500 years of working experience in regulatory areas of compliance, engineering, and operations, including nuclear, fossil, solar, wind facilities, and other Registered Entities generation and transmission.

Certrec has helped more than 120 generating facilities establish and maintain NERC Compliance Programs. We manage the entire NERC compliance program for 60+ registered entities in the US and Canada that trust us to decrease their regulatory and reputational risk. Certrec is ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certified and has successfully completed annual SOC 2 Type 2 examinations.

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